Freedom is the grand theme of the new National Museum of American Jewish History, which is set to open its doors in November. In a way, the museum’s location demands that it engage with such a large, universal concept. It is housed in an imposing glass box in the center of Philadelphia, with a commanding view of the grassy mall that stretches from the National Constitution Center to the red brick edifice where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. This is not the Lower East Side.
Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor has provoked heated reaction with his proposal that American assistance to Israel be taken out of the annual foreign aid bill and be passed separately, on its own — a suggestion that appeared to telegraph his party’s intention to significantly reduce foreign aid now that the GOP has gained control of the House of Representatives.11
A community defined by its quest for social justice and known for its disproportionate support for the Democratic Party has woken up to a new reality, dominated by a clear message from voters who chose cuts over spending, Republicans over Democrats.9
The blogosphere is abuzz with people wondering why the singer once known as Cat Stevens, and later as Yusuf Islam, was invited to sing at Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” last weekend in Washington.
If those who sent bomb-laden packages to Chicago from Yemen were trying to terrorize the Second City, they did not succeed.3
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